When Families Argue Over Religion…

I’ve never had this sort of conversation with my parents… mostly because we don’t discuss religion anymore. I don’t know if silence is better than an ongoing, constantly-frustrating dialogue that at least has a chance of persuading them I might have a point about this whole religion thing, but it may be the best I can hope for:

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Republican-Sponsored Legislation to Establish a State Religion in North Carolina Has Been Indefinitely Tabled

Just days after two North Carolina Republican legislators (Rep. Harry Warren and Rep. Carl Ford) filed a bill that would establish an “official religion” (thereby letting the Rowan County Board of Commissioners open their meetings with specifically-Christian prayers), the Speaker of the House’s office is reporting that the bill will thankfully not be voted on:

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Roger Ebert: ‘There is Nothing on the Other Side of Death to Fear’

Roger Ebert passed away today at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer. I can’t begin to express how disappointed I was to hear the news… besides being a hometown legend, he was someone whose perspective I only began to appreciate a few years ago when he began writing essays on his website. After that, I wouldn’t watch a movie without following it up by seeing what Ebert had written about it.

Ebert grew up a Roman Catholic — he was even an altar boy — but he later stopped believing in God. Still, he never used the label “atheist” to describe himself:

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New Creationist Research Shows That We Were All Immortal Until Adam Sinned

This isn’t a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it’s a completely serious joke.

You know how Creationists often complain they can’t get published in peer-reviewed journals? Well, Answers in Genesis (the Creation Museum people) began their own “journal” a while back so they could say, “Creationists get published, too!” The idea is that if it looks professional, gullible children (and adults) will think AiG does real science!

And the latest published, peer-reviewed paper is a perfect example of how Creationists approach big questions. Simon Turpin tackles the question we’ve all been wondering: “Did death of any kind exist before the Fall?” (PDF)

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Pat Robertson: God Doesn’t Perform Miracles in U.S. Because We’re Too Skeptical

Oh, Pat Robertson, you delightfully misogynistic old coot. You are always good for a chuckle. (Unless you say something that is actually deeply terrifying. In which case, you’re always good for a shudder.)

On Monday, Robertson was hosting The 700 Club as usual when he got the following email:

Why do amazing miracles (people raised from the dead, blind eyes open, lame people walking) happen with great frequency in places like Africa, and not here in the USA? What can we do to encourage those things to happen here? Is America too gone for miracles like this?

– Ken

It’s remarkable how a letter can be at once naive and simultaneously so close to being reasonable.

Now, if I were to answer this question, I would do so in one simple sentence:

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